Have you ever woken up and felt like you are ready to get started on another night of sleep? Does that tired, sluggish feeling never really seem to go away no matter what you’re doing throughout your day and make it difficult to concentrate on anything? If you have ever felt this way before then, you know exactly what a hangover feels like.
If you do feel like this more often than you would like, it isn’t very hard to chalk it up to a tough month with work, not eating as healthy as you should, or even just your kids and personal life running you ragged. While that is a potential possibility, have you thought that the real reason for your ‘hangover’ type symptoms might be due to you being in a constant state of being hungover?
This is what is known as the permanent hangover, or a ‘hummer.’ It is when you are constantly suffering from symptoms of a hangover. In fact, you may not even know that you are suffering from the symptoms of a hangover. The chances are that you have just chalked it up to ‘that’s just the way I feel.’
Even though you may feel as though you are destined to feel the way you do for the rest of your life, you are wrong. In fact, you can actually banish these symptoms with a few very simple changes that you can make as soon as today.
Symptom #1: Sleep Deprivation
When you are constantly feeling that you have a permanent hangover, one of the symptoms that you will notice is that you are more than likely having trouble getting to sleep. While alcohol does disrupt your sleep patterns, this lack of sleep can also leave you with a tired, jaded feeling that makes it extremely difficult to focus on just about anything.
Many people believe that alcohol helps them sleep, and they are right, as alcohol is a sedative. It works by suppressing glutamine within your body. Glutamine works within the body to give you energy and keep you awake. So shortly after you stop drinking alcohol and go lay down to go to sleep, your body has a rush of glutamine that works on it and tells it to wake up. That is why you may feel sleep deprived after a night of drinking, even if you went to sleep early.
When you do eventually wake up, you will be deprived of much of the vital sleep that your body requires in order to operate and function at 100%. That’s why you feel drained, and if you experience this every night, it can cause serious damage to your health, as well as keep you in that permanent hangover state.
Symptom #2: Excessive Stress
For many, they like to enjoy a nice cold alcoholic beverage after work to help them unwind or after a bad day. However, this can actually be contributing to the amount of stress that you are feeling. It really is a vicious circle.
If you do require a drink to ‘relax,’ every now and then shouldn’t pose a problem to you at all. In fact, it can actually help you relax. But if you are regularly drinking all the time in excess, studies have shown that this will cause you not to be able to deal with stress as well. Yup, you will not be able to deal with stress as efficiently. And if your body is still trying to process out all of the toxins from last night’s alcohol, it makes you even less able to deal with stress.
This happens alcohol interferes with simple routine cognitive tasks that you usually have no problem performing without even thinking about it. It can be things such as sorting out your big presentation, or even something little like remembering to pick up a birthday card for a friend. As if that weren’t enough, alcohol is also a depressant, which means that your energy and motivation levels may be sapped as well.
Symptom #3: Changing Relationships
If you are in a permanent hangover, it cannot only affect your work life, but it can also have a huge impact on just about every relationship in your life. Your family, friends, children, co-workers and anybody else you interact with on a regular basis.
When you are in this hangover-like state, you probably aren’t thinking clearly, speaking how you would when not feeling hungover, or even acting the same way around certain people. In fact, when you are in this permanent hangover state, you are more than likely to be much more irritable than you regularly would, as well as have lower inhibitions. This means that you are more likely to say something that you normally wouldn’t. You will essentially be more likely to snap at whoever is around you with little to no reasoning behind it.
Simple Solutions to Fix Your Hangover Symptoms
One of the best ways to prevent his ‘permanent hangover’ feeling is to stop drinking alcohol altogether. Without alcohol, you won’t have to worry about any type of hangover symptoms. But if you must drink, then trying to cut down on how much is a great way to get started on curing your hangover blues. In fact, just by simply cutting down on how much you are drinking and how often will help to ‘lift the fog’ and help you get back to normal in a relatively short amount of time.
If you want, you can even do a simple experiment to see how much you can drink without getting any hangover symptoms. Start by taking a few non-alcohol days. Be sure to pay attention to how the hangover symptoms dissipate or worsen, how you sleep and whether or not you actually feel better the next day. You will more than likely feel refreshed, more energetic, more focused, happier and ready to take on the day. After this, if you feel like you need a drink, have one and see how it affects you and how you are feeling the next day. This way you can gauge how much you can drink and still not feel hung over. No matter what you decide to do though, just be sure to always drink responsibly.